Applying to Graduate School
The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington exclusively accepts applications for admission to graduate degree programs through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). The application portal for spring 2019, summer 2019, and fall 2019 admission (depending on program) will be available through the SOPHAS.org site beginning on August 17, 2018. Be sure to thoroughly read all directions in the SOPHAS application and review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section at the bottom of this page. Please contact SOPHAS at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding their online application.
In addition to completion and submission of the SOPHAS application, all applicants must also complete and submit the Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application. This duplication of application information is required for admission. The Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application requires completion of an "Application Information" section. In the drop-down box for "Academic Program," select Public Health-Bloomington Masters for master's degree program admission, or select Public Health-Bloomington PhD for doctoral program admission. or select Grad-Non-degree for our Certificate programs.
For answers to questions about our residential graduate degree programs, our Indiana University Bloomington Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, or to complete SOPHAS or SOPHAS Express applications, please contact our Director of Admissions & Enrollment, Nelda Montemayor at email@example.com.
For inquiries about our online degree programs , or our graduate certificate programs please visit MyPublicHealthDirect, our school's digital education program site. You may email online program inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for Degree Program
See your program's page for specific information about prerequisite coursework, required tests, and minimum scores. Note that student applications are carefully considered as part of a holistic review process.
General admissions requirements include (all items should be submitted through SOPHAS):
- Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives (see instructions by program in SOPHAS)
- Resume or C.V.
- Official transcripts
- Official GRE scores- some MS and MPH programs may waive the GRE requirement. Other test scores not accepted in lieu of GRE.
- In addition to completion and submission of the SOPHAS application, all applicants must also complete and submit the Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application. This duplication of application information is required for admission. The Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application requires completion of an "Application Information" section. In the drop-down box for "Academic Program," select Public Health-Bloomington Masters for master's degree program admission, or select Public Health-Bloomington PhD for doctoral program admission. or select Grad-Non-degree for our Certificate programs.
- International applicants or applicants who have completed a degree in a country outside of the U.S must submit a Course by Course Evaluation Report through World Education Services (WES).
- Non-native English speakers may have to submit additional language test scores (TOEFL and or IELTS accepted).
New for 2018-2019: Applicants for Athletic Training Programs
The Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health has two distinct Master of Science degree programs in athletic training. Please note the following when completing the application:
If you have bachelor’s degree in athletic training from a CAATE-accredited institution and wish to apply to the advanced, post-professional athletic training program, please select the MSK with Major in Athletic Training degree program on all application materials.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training and wish to apply to the entry-level professional athletic training program, please select the MS – MS Athletic Training degree program on all application materials.
To meet a stated deadline using the online centralized application services SOPHAS, applicants must submit their application with supporting documents, and pay the application fee no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
|Spring 2019||November 15, 2018 - Final Deadline.||PhD programs except those in: Biomechanics, Epidemiology, and Exercise Physiology and Health Behavior
All MS programs except the MS Athletic Training or the MSK in Athletic Training
* International students should apply well in advance of these deadlines due to the processing time required to complete international admission requirements.
|Summer 2019||January 15, 2019 - Final Deadline.||No PhD programs
All MS programs except the MSK in Athletic Training
*International students should apply well in advance of these deadlines due to the processing time required to complete international admission requirements.
|Fall 2019||January 15, 2019 - Priority Deadline for PhD programs.
April 1, 2019 - Final Deadline all applicants.
|All PhD programs
All MS programs except the MS Athletic Training
All MPH Programs
*International students should apply well in advance of these deadlines due to the processing time required to complete international admission requirements.
Details about Application Requirements
A Statement of Purpose
A statement of purpose and objectives of no more than 600 words should be submitted for the specific program/degree you have selected. The statement of purpose should demonstrate a clear understanding of both the public health field and how you plan to utilize this degree in achieving your career objectives. PhD applicants require a statement of research interests.
In addition, please include:
- Reasons for interest in your application degree.
- What research or professional interests you have.
- Reason(s) for interest in studying at Indiana University.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants will need to submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic and research abilities. Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field.
- Employment or character references are allowed, but may not be as strong as letters from faculty that can describe your research or academic abilities.
- Recent graduates (last 1-3 years) should include faculty references among their 3 references.
- For those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or who is a member in the armed services; recommendation letters from employers and supervisors are allowed.
Reference letters from peers, colleagues, friends, or family are not considered appropriate.
Resume of CV
An updated Curriculum Vitae or resume that includes:
- Educational background and degrees
- Employment history
- Professional experience and skills
- Honors and accomplishments
Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. There are special instructions for domestic and international transcripts.
Domestic or US Transcripts: Must be sent from each institution's Registrar’s Office directly to SOPHAS at the following address:
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111
- SOPHAS will not accept transcripts submitted or mailed by applicants.
- Students who attend or attended Indiana University must also request official transcripts from the registrar and have them sent directly to SOPHAS.
- You can print an official transcript request form from your SOPHAS online application.
- Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted.
International Transcripts: All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service. For further instructions, you may visit www.wes.org/sophas .
- Non-US transcripts are evaluated exclusively through WES. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
- WES reports should be sent directly from WES to SOPHAS. Applicants must initiate this request themselves or it will delay processing of the application.
- Please ensure that you enter your SOPHAS ID number on your WES evaluation request so that your evaluation electronically matches to your application.
- If you are a past applicant, or already have an official copy of your WES ICAP report, you may send it directly to:
IU School of Public Health
Office of Graduate Admissions
1025 E. 7th Street, Room 121
Bloomington, IN 47405
Standardized Test Scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
GRE Scores are required from all applicants for admission to IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate degree programs with the following exceptions:
- GRE scores are not required of U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, who are applying for admission to the following degree programs: the MPH degree program, the M.S. in Applied Health Science degree program in Safety Management or School and College Health Education.
- GRE scores are not required of U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, who are applying for admission to the MS in Recreation degree programs.
- Applicants please have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE scores to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington institution code: 6979.
No substitutions in lieu of GRE or waivers permitted. GRE scores must be valid (within the last five years of the date of the exam).
International students must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
All international applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received any degrees from a university where English is the language of instruction, must complete and submit one of following: A minimum TOEFL score of 80, or a minimum IELTS score of 7. Please have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official scores to the institution code: 5688.
- Scores submitted below these minimum standards will keep your application from moving forward. No exceptions.
- If you are an applicant whose citizenshipis from one of the recognized English Speaking Countries on the following list (list provided is from the Office of International Services), you are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. English speaking Countries include: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kits & Nevis, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales), Zimbabwe. Please note that although applicants may be exempt from the language requirement for admission, a language exam score may be required to comply with potential funding opportunities.
The Office of International Services is responsible for processing student I-20/VISA approvals; they require official, sealed transcripts with proof of degree. They will not accept the WES report.
Official records may be sent to the following address:
Office of International Services
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is the IU E-Application the only application necessary to apply to your graduate program?
A: No. In fall 2014, our school adopted a new application system called SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service). This is the official way to apply to our school. This is required for all students wishing to apply for admission to MS, MPH, or PhD degrees. No exceptions. All students must also complete the IU E-Application, which is made up of several additional questions.
Q: Why do I have to complete the e-application?
A: SOPHAS is not programmed into our IU data system, meaning that the SPH has access to your student application information, but the other units on campus (University Graduate School, Bursar, Registrar), will not necessarily know you have applied. Once you complete the IU e-app, it will automatically generate an IU 10-digit Id number. This number will allow the other units on campus to view your application status.
Q: What is the fee for applying via SOPHAS?
A: The fee for submitting your first SOPHAS application is $135. For each additional school, there is a fee of $50.
Q: What if I can’t afford the SOPHAS fees?
A: There are a limited number of fee waivers, however you must contact SOPHAS directly to inquire if they are still available. Please email them at email@example.com
Q: Do I submit my fees to IU School of Public Health?
A: No. All fees must be paid directly to SOPHAS. After you have pressed the e-submit button you will be prompted to pay.
Q: I already have transcripts/letters of recommendation, can I send these directly to the IU School of Public Health instead of sending them to SOPHAS?
A: No. All application materials must be sent from the student’s institution/recommender directly to SOPHAS or WES (World Education Services). Our office can’t upload transcripts because SOPHAS or WES verifies students’ coursework and GPA.
Q: I am an international student, why do I have to send official transcripts to IU’s Office of International Student Services and to SOPHAS/WES?
A: The Indiana University Office of International Services (OIS) requires official transcripts for visa-approval. The WES and the SOPHAS only verify each student's GPA and degree. The Indiana University Office of International Services requires official transcripts and proof of degree for each applicant.
Q: Do you accept the LSAT or MCAT exams in lieu of the GRE?
A: No. Only the GRE exam is accepted for students applying to our school, no exceptions. GRE scores must be valid, taken within the last five years.
Q: Why do some programs require the GRE and others do not?
A: Our school’s deans and academic department chairs make these determinations. GRE scores are required for all applicants except domestic applicants with appropriate undergraduate degree GPA's who are applying to MPH degree programs, MS in Recreation degree programs, and MS in Applied Health Science degree programs in Safety Management and School and College Health Education. (See information provided above for details.)
Q: Can I waive the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes. If you are an applicant whose citizenship is from one of the recognized English Speaking Countries on our list: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kits & Nevis, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales), Zimbabwe. Please note that although applicants may be exempt from the language requirement for admission, a language exam score may be required to comply with potential funding opportunities.
Q: Can I substitute the IELTS exam in place of the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes. Our school requires that international students submit official TOEFL exams (IBT 80, or CBT of 210). However, our school will accept the IELTS exam, with a minimum score of 7. Please note that submitting scores below these minimum standards will keep your application from moving forward.
Q: Can I apply for admission to a PhD program even though I am just completing my BA?
A: We do not offer straight admit to the PhD degree with just a completed Bachelor’s degree for most of our PhD programs. These programs will require both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree to apply. The only exception is the PhD in Human Performance in the department of Kinesiology. Students applying to this degree program can apply with just their completed Bachelor’s degree.
Q: Can I apply to more than one program at once?
A: No. Our school only allows students to apply for one program.
Q: Can I apply to any program at any time of the year?
A: No. All of our MPH programs, along with the MS in Kinesiology degree programs in Athletic Training, Biomechanics, and Exercise Physiology, only allow for fall admission. All other programs allow students to apply for spring, summer, or fall, but there are specific deadlines that must be followed. Please refer to our SPH admissions website for more information.
Q: How long will it take before I hear about my admission decision?
A: The formal review process will normally take 5-6 weeks for MS or MPH applicants. The reason for this length of time is due to the 2-3 weeks that your application will reside with SOPHAS. Your application materials must first be received and reviewed by SOPHAS staff. Once they code your application as “verified”, this will notify our admissions staff to complete the internal review process at the SPH level. The application will be reviewed for completeness. If complete, it will be forwarded on to the review committee; with the committee normally needing a minimum of two weeks to render a decision. If there are missing items (missing GRE, third letter of recommendation etc.), the admissions staff will contact the student directly to explain why the application is incomplete. PhD applications will take much longer as those decisions are normally not made until mid-February-early-March.
Q: Do all admitted students receive funding assistance?
A: Each of our five departments determines how they will fund admitted students. While some programs offer SAA (Student Academic Appointments), others will offer fee remission awards. Students should inquire directly with their department to inquire about funding opportunities. For information on Student Academic Appointments, please follow this link: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/prospective-students/graduate/graduate-assistantships.shtml.
Q: How long does my application stay on file?
A: Our applications are kept on file for one application cycle. Starting in fall 2016, the SOPHAS cycle will allow some of your previous application materials to transfer to the next cycle. Please inquire directly with SOPHAS staff regarding this: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: If I am accepted, but need to defer my admission, is this allowed?
A: Admitted students are allowed to defer for one year.
Q: SOPHAS offers to enter my previous academic coursework for a fee. Does this mean that SOPHAS will contact my institutions and request my official transcripts on my behalf?
A: No. SOPHAS will charge a fee to enter your previous academic coursework once they receive your official transcripts, however, due to FERPA (Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974). Students must personally request their own transcripts directly from their institutions.
Q: Where can I check the status of my application?
A: Applicants should log into both their SOPHAS and WES accounts (if applicable) often to track their application status.